When The Salvation Army Child Care Centre first opened its doors in 1976, we had specific ideas in mind as to what our Centre would offer each individual child. Over the years, we have watched our Centre grow and attain its specific goals.
We take great pride in our growth both in size as well as in experience and we feel that there is always room for continued growth to make our Centre better for everyone involved.
When each parent enrolls their child in our centre, we make them aware that we are a Christian Day Care Centre. Although we do not have a structured program in religion, we try to help the children develop spiritual attitudes in an incidental manner through our actions and reactions to the parents, the children and our co-workers. Bible stories and songs are taught when appropriate to a particular theme. Of course, great emphasis is placed on the true meaning of Christmas and Easter. We also recognize and respect the religious beliefs of those who attend our Centre and encourage the parents to share with us some of their special celebrations.
Our environment is a safe and clean one, free from hazardous situations so that the children, teachers and parents feel comfortable with the Centre.
The quality of the program is an important aspect of our Centre. We feel that a quality program will enhance each child’s learning, vocabulary, socialization and play skills. Our weekly programming is based on the children’s interests. Through the curriculum, children are encouraged to learn and develop at their own pace.
Our overall goal is that, when a child has completed his/her stay with us and is ready to leave our Centre; he/she will leave us with a sense of security, independence and positive self-esteem.
The Salvation Army Erin Mills Child Care Centre first opened its doors in 1976. The Child Care was originally licensed for 32 children, ages 2 years 5 months to 5 years. In 1998 we cut the ribbon in our new building, where we were licensed for 32 Day Care and 8 Nursery school Children. June 2009, we cancelled the Nursery school and expanded the Child care to 48 full time children 2 years 3 months to 5 years. May 2011, we made renovations in our existing Child Care Centre. Our centre now has space for 15 toddlers between the age of 18 months and 30 months and 32 pre-school children between the ages of 2 years 6 months to 5 years. In 2012 we are licensed for 30 school age children between the ages of 6-12 in our summer camp and before & after school program. Transportation is provided to and from the local schools.